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safe on the street. thanks for joining us. i'm maureen umeh. >> and i'm will thomas. the alert comes after a couple of students have been beaten. the police ask them to protect themselves when i will they look for robbers. >> i actually got the warning on my cell phone. >> reporter: the latest robbery is a little too close for tom. police say a student walking alone there at 2 a.m. saturday was beaten and robbed by four suspects. >> i have heard about a couple of muggings before and this one is close to home. we live right over here. so it is pretty crazy. >> on august 29th, three students waiting for a bus at the university shuttle stop were approached by five suspects. a couple of the victims ran to the volunteer fire station for help. but one was assaulted and robbed. >> it seems the suspects are preying on victims during the early morning or late evening hours. >> reporter: two days before that incident, a similar one just down the street in the parking lot of the clarion hotel. this time the victims were three students who left car observing karaoke at ej's landing at 12:30 a.m.
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through the trash for a body. tonight the four known victims were memorialized. maureen naylor. >> reporter: mike, a candlelight vigil with those victims. while that ongoing search for that missing hercules minute turned up nothing today. [ music ] >> reporter: with music and cageds, organizers say the goal was to start the healing process. >> i didn't know anybody. but because it hit so close to home, it is just one of those things that you don't imagine happening in your area. and it's just really shocking. >> it is this type of tragedy is pretty tough for all of us to swallow. >> reporter: also tough for some to swallow, including in the prayer candles lit for the murder victims was one for the accused killer. >> my understanding is the folks from villaho would like us to include the suspect. and our response to them is we are not here to be judgmental. we are here to promote peace. >> reporter: this after more than a week of violence which ended with officers shooting and killing the man in richmond. he is suspted in the deaths of signed at this tran and mark and allan and